BNS: McCarthy learns Stafford

Joey McCarthy came up from Randolph, New Jersey with the Mannings USA Chevrolet to take on the Carquest 150, a NASCAR Busch North Series race held at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway. At the end of a long night of racing, McCarthy recorded...

Joey McCarthy came up from Randolph, New Jersey with the Mannings USA Chevrolet to take on the Carquest 150, a NASCAR Busch North Series race held at Connecticut's Stafford Motor Speedway. At the end of a long night of racing, McCarthy recorded the 17th finishing place.

Using the car that McCarthy took to a 13th place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway last month, the McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports team lost significant practice time when an oil line came loose and required fixing before the car could return to the track. Once that was fixed, McCarthy had to set his sights on qualifying. Going out early in the order, he recorded a time good enough for 20th place.

"I left a lot out there," he said afterwards. "But it's a good race car. Leaving that line loose really cost us a lot of practice time. I ought to be happy with the qualifying run, I suppose. We left a lot out there, and we legitimately could have been in the top ten. I definitely have something to race with, though. That car is something else. We haven't made an adjustment to it all day."

Starting on the outside, McCarthy lost some positions on the start and settled in for the 150 lap grind. The car was not handling to his liking, and despite making a few pit stops for adjustments, the car was just not coming around and McCarthy raced with what he had to work with, and held on to finish 17th. After the race he pondered what happened between qualifying and race time.

"We're not adjusting right for daytime to nighttime stuff," he said afterwards. "We're just not hitting on anything. I practiced consistently at times that the leaders were running all race, then in the race I was so far off. The right front tire was ten pounds higher pressure than the right rear tire, and we're wondering what happened. I was going to stick with how I ran the car at Loudon, but instead I tried to stick a sway bar in it and whatever we did we lost the car.

"We're on the verge of getting better, but it's frustrating," McCarthy continued. "We can run with these guys, but I'm making mistakes now. We're getting better, we're improving. If we can improve our qualifying we can run better in the races, but it's frustrating because I know we're better than this. We're going to hit it soon."

McCarthy/Pritchard Motorsports now turns its attention to next Saturday night's 150-lap event at Connecticut's Waterford Speedbowl.

-www.mccarthy-pritchard-motorsports.com.

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